Academic Staff

Professor Mitchell Callan

Position in departmentDirector of Research
Staff positionProfessor
Emailmcallan@essex.ac.uk
Telephone01206 873817
Room4.719
Biography

Mitch Callan obtained his Ph.D. in Social Psychology in the summer of 2007 from the University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He then completed a 2-year Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Western Ontario. He joined the University of Essex in 2009.

Follow Mitch on Twitter: @MitchCallan

Research interests
  • Justice motivation/belief in a just world
  • Responses to victimisation
  • Immanent justice reasoning
  • Relative deprivation
Publications

Gheorghiu, A.I., Callan, M.J., & Skylark, W.J. (in press). Facial appearance affects science communication. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Callan, M.J., Kim, H., Gheorghiu, A.I., & Matthews, W.J. (in press). The interrelations between social class, personal relative deprivation, and prosociality. Social Psychological and Personality Science. [open access]

Kim, H., Callan, M.J., Gheorghiu, A.I., & Matthews, W.J. (in press). Social comparison, personal relative deprivation, and materialism. British Journal of Social Psychology. [open access]

Harvey, A. J., Callan, M. J., Sutton, R. M., Foulsham, T., & Matthews, W. J. (2017). Selective exposure to deserved outcomes. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 69, 33-43. [accepted manuscript]

Moreton, J. P., Callan, M. J., & Hughes, G. (2017). How much does emotional valence of action outcomes affect temporal binding? Consciousness & Cognition, 49, 25-34. [open access]

Matthews, W.J., Gheorghiu, A.I., & Callan, M.J. (2016). Why do we overestimate others' willingness to pay? Judgment and Decision Making,11, 21-39. [open access]

Ellard, J. H., Harvey, A. J., & Callan, M. J. (2016). The justice motive: History, theory, and research. In C. Sabbagh & M. Schmitt (Eds.), Handbook of Social Justice Theory and Research. New York: Springer.

Douglas, K. M., Sutton, R. M., Callan, M. J., Dawtry, R. J., & Harvey, A. J. (2016). Someone is pulling the strings: Hypersensitive agency detection and belief in conspiracy theories. Thinking & Reasoning, 22, 57-77.

Callan, M. J., Kim, H., & Matthews, W. J. (2015). Predicting self-rated mental and physical health: The contributions of subjective socioeconomic status and personal relative deprivation. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 1415. [open access]

Callan, M. J., Kim, H., & Matthews, W. J. (2015). Age differences in social comparison tendency and personal relative deprivation. Personality and Individual Differences, 87, 196-199.

Callan, M. J., Shead, N. W., & Olson, J. M. (2015). The relation between personal relative deprivation and the urge to gamble among gamblers is moderated by problem gambling severity: A meta-analysis. Addictive Behaviors, 45, 146-149.

Callan, M. J., Kay, A. C., & Dawtry, R. J. (2014). Making sense of misfortune: Deservingness, self-esteem, and patterns of self-defeat. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 107, 142-162. [open access]

Callan, M. J., Sutton, R. M., Harvey, A. J., & Dawtry, R. J. (2014). Immanent justice reasoning: Theory, research, and current directions. In J. M. Olson & M. P. Zanna (Eds.), Advances in Experimental Social Psychology (Vol. 49, pp. 105 - 161). London: Academic Press.

Callan, M. J., Harvey, A. J., & Sutton, R. M. (2014). Rejecting victims of misfortune reduces delay discounting. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 51, 41-44.

Harvey, A. J., Callan, M. J., & Matthews, W. J. (2014). How much does effortful thinking underlie observers’ reactions to victimization? Social Justice Research, 27, 175-208.

Harvey, A. J., & Callan, M. J. (2014). Getting "just deserts" or seeing the "silver lining": The relation between judgments of immanent and ultimate justice. PLoS ONE, 9, e101803. [open access]

Harvey, A. J., & Callan, M. J. (2014). The role of religiosity in ultimate and immanent justice reasoning. Personality and Individual Differences, 56, 193-196.

Aguilar, P., Callan, M. J., & Dawtry, R. J. (2014). Associations between law and competitiveness: A cross-cultural investigation. Spanish Journal of Psychology, 17, E54.

Khera, M. L. K., Harvey, A. J., & Callan, M. J. (2014). Beliefs in a just world, subjective well-being, and attitudes toward refugees among refugee workers. Social Justice Research, 27, 442-443.

Callan, M. J., Harvey, A. J., Dawtry, R. J., & Sutton, R. M. (2013). Through the looking glass: Long-term goal focus increases immanent justice reasoning. British Journal of Social Psychology, 52, 377-385.

*Callan, M. J., *Ferguson, H. J., & Bindemann, M. (2013). Eye movements to audiovisual scenes reveal expectations of a just world. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 142, 34-40. *Contributed equally

Callan, M. J., Dawtry, R., & Olson, J. M. (2012). Justice motive effects in ageism: The effects of a victim’s age on observer perceptions of injustice and punishment judgments. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48, 1343-1349.

Callan, M. J., & Kay, A. C. (2012). Associations between law, competitiveness, and the pursuit of self-interest. In J. D. Hanson (Ed.). Ideology, Psychology, and Law (pp. 183-218). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Callan, M. J., Shead, N. W., & Olson, J. M. (2011). Personal relative deprivation, delay discounting, and gambling. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 101, 955-973.

Callan, M. J., Sutton, R. & Dovale, C. (2010). When deserving translates into causing: The effect of cognitive load on immanent justice reasoning. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 46, 1097-1100.

Callan, M. J., Kay, A. C., Olson, J. M., Brar, N., & Whitefield, N. (2010). The effects of priming legal concepts on perceived trust and competitiveness, self-interested attitudes, and competitive behavior. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 46, 325-335.

Callan, M. J., & Ellard, J. H. (2010). Beyond derogation and blame of victims: Just world dynamics in everyday life. In D. R. Bobocel, A. C. Kay, M. P. Zanna, & J. M. Olson (Eds.). The psychology of justice and legitimacy: The Ontario Symposium (Vol. 11, pp. 53 - 77). New York: Psychology Press.

Callan, M. J., Kay, A. C., Davidenko, N., & Ellard, J. H. (2009). The effects of justice motivation on memory for self- and other-relevant events. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45, 614-623.

Callan, M. J., Shead, N. W., & Olson, J. M. (2009). Foregoing the labor for the fruits: The effect of just world threat on the desire for immediate monetary rewards. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45, 246-249.

Callan, M. J., Ellard, J. H., Shead, N. W., & Hodgins, D. C. (2008). Gambling as a search for justice: Examining the role of personal relative deprivation in gambling urges and gambling behavior. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 34, 1514-1529.

Shead, N. W., Callan, M. J., & Hodgins, D. C. (2008). Probability discounting among gamblers: Differences across problem gambling severity and affect-regulation tendencies. Personality and Individual Differences, 45, 536-541.

Kay, A. C., Gaucher, D., & Napier, J., Callan, M. J., & Laurin, K. (2008). God and the government: Testing a compensatory control mechanism for the support of external systems. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 95, 18-35.

Callan, M. J., Powell, N. G., & Ellard, J. H. (2007). The consequences of victim’s physical attractiveness on reactions to injustice: The role of observers’ belief in a just world. Social Justice Research, 4, 433-456.

Callan, M. J., Ellard, J. H., & Nicol, J. E. (2006). The belief in a just world and immanent justice reasoning in adults. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 32, 1646-1658.

Fouts, G., Callan, M. J., Lawson, A., & Piasentin, K. (2006). Demonizing in children’s television cartoons and Disney animated films. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 37, 15-23.

Additional information

Recent grant funding:

Callan, M. J., Harvey, A. J., & Olson, J. M. (2016-2018). Rejecting Innocent Victims: The Roles of Relative Judgments and Emotional Impact. The Leverhulme Trust, £103,128.

Callan, M. J. (Co-PI), & Matthews, W. J. (2014-2017). Personal Relative Deprivation and Status Consumption. The Leverhulme Trust, £129,479.

Callan, M. J., & Kay, A. C. (2011/2012). Justice Motive Effects in Self-Punishment. Economic and Social Research Council, £99,020 (full economic costing).

Olson, J. M., Callan, M. J., & Shead, N. W. (2010/2011). The Effects of Gambling Advertisements on Personal Relative Deprivation and Gambling. Ontario Problem Gambling Research Centre, Level II Award, 37,000 CAD (~ £22,000).

Callan, M. J. (2010/11). Ageism and the Concern for Justice. British Academy, £7,162.

Callan, M. J. (PI), Olson, J. M., & Shead, N. W. (2008/2009). Personal Relative Deprivation, Delay Discounting, and Gambling. Ontario Problem Gambling Research Centre, Level I Award, 9,717 CAD (~ £6,000)

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